Uplift and pleasantness: is this an acceptable definition of what we mean by literature?
Not for him the false compliments paid by Washington to the "pleasantness" of race relations in the South of 1900.
late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from Old French plaisant "pleasant, pleasing, agreeable" (12c.), present participle of plaisir "to please" (see please). Pleasantry has the word's modern French sense of "funny, jocular." Related: Pleasantly.